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Wales player thinks sloppy mistakes let them back against Belgium

Gareth Bale put blame on “sloppy errors” for Wales’ loss to Belgium in their first 2022 World Cup qualifier.

In the 10th minute Wales took the lead thanks to Harry Wilson’s superb 17-pass move and Bale’s brilliant through ball, but in a manner befitting the world’s number one team Belgium fought back to win 3-1.

Belgium avenged their Euro 2016 quarter-final loss to Wales in Leuven, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot.

Bale told Sky Sports after Wales’ first competitive defeat in 12 games that it was great to get an early goal. They felt they were set up well, and their game plan was going well.

“A few sloppy mistakes let them back in. We know they are a great side and they’ve got great players. When you do make mistakes you get punished.

“We went into half-time 2-1 down and still in the game. We came out second half and made a few tiny changes tactically and we were in the game for large parts.

“Neither team created too many chances, especially clear cut. We’re disappointed to lose, but we knew it was going to be difficult here and we have to take the positives out of this into the next games.”

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